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HIV controversy: First Abalaka, now Ezeibe

It is foolhardy to simply dismiss them, especially given that there are too many special interests at play in the search for a HIV treatment

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Buhari’s health

It was always an issue, from the moment Muhammadu Buhari won the nomination of the new coalition of parties, the APC, to run for president of Nigeria in 2015. Reports of the fickle state of his health was a campaign issue. Many on the opposition pointed out that Buhari was ill, and was on medication.

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Christmas in’Biafra’ and other stories

As readers of the ‘Orbit” may surely have noticed, this column went on furlough in the last four weeks. I’d chosen silence as a means of introspection and rejuvenation. Sometimes, Nigeria can hit one with such intensity in the gob, and force us to muteness. As every self-respecting newspaper columnist knows, such moments call for self-imposed solitude, and this to avert burn-out. Nigeria is indeed like that hot soup in the stories, which we must learn sometimes to lick from the edges of the bowl.

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The East has got sounds

Alan-B Onyemaechi, veteran broadcaster and Owerri city socialite, is on to something. His company OCBB Entertainment Co, is set for a music revival of the oldies, the great bands which came on stream with the end of the civil war in the 1970s, and gripped the Nigerian and West African music scenes with their memorable sounds.

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America, their America

On Tuesday 8 November, I went to vote at the voting center by the country club near my house, in the city of Orlando, Florida. Thereafter, I drove to my office to hold “office hours.” It was an ordinary day. Normal. The US elections are very calm affairs. But beneath the surface of calm, a most dramatic event was shaping. The grounds were shifting beneath us in what would soon become an earthquake.

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Biafra this, Biafra that

Dr. Charles Soludo, Professor of the Economic Sciences, former Economic Adviser to the President of the federation, and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, very recently said at a book launch on the subject of Biafra that ignoring the new Biafra secessionist movement will be a mistake by the Buhari administration. I couldn’t agree more. Soludo just amplifies the position which this column has consistently taken in the past, and which I wish to reaffirm today. The Biafra movement is a slow-burning fire at the moment.

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Buhari and the judges: Anti-corruption or fascism?

In one interview which dwelt on the subject of the 1985 overthrow of the military government he led, orchestrated by members of the inner circle of that government, Muhamadu Buhari claimed that some of the actions undertaken in his name, like the invasion of the home of the politician Mr. Obafemi Awolowo in Apapa in 1984, were carried out without his knowledge or authorization. Some of those actions undermined his government and lost him significant political capital among the Nigerian population.

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Black Lives Matter

A terrible and aggravating scene once again played out this past week in Tulsa, Oklahoma where another black man, Terrence Crutcher, was shot and killed by a white police officer, Betty Shelby. The unfolding events leading to the killing of Terence Crutcher captured live by webcam and police helicopter videos showed an unarmed black man with his hands raised walking away with slow unsure steps from the police woman who had pulled and pointed her gun at him.

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